For those of you who might’ve missed this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, there are plenty of genre movies in the pipelines. In fact, studios are starting to announce films all the way to 2018 (How to Train Your Dragon 3, for instance). For now, we’ll be content to wait on those due out in 2014–still a long time to wait. While this is a short list of some of the movies getting a first-look during Comic-Con, it’s in no way complete. Sad to say, the “original” script is still the deficit, as many upcoming films are based on books, or are sequels, or are some other familiar theme that we’ve seen a hundred or more times, like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, due out with a possible fall 2013 or early 2014 release. Is it too early to preview next year’s films? Do movie-goers want more original material? What do you think?
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All You Need is Kill, (June 2014), starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Cruise takes up another sci-fi role in this Groundhog Day-esque sci-fi thriller where future aliens have control of time. Cruise plays the lead commando who figures out a way to beat them–through a loop-hope he “dies” and returns over and over until he figures it out. (Kind of sounds just like the Jake Gyllenhall movie, Source Code.)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, (April 2014), starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson. Sequel to the popular comic book series. Other sequels include: Amazing Spiderman 2, Untitled: Transformers Sequel, X-Men: Days of Future.
Divergent, (March 2014), starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet. This is a long awaited movie for fans of the teen fiction series. Some are predicting it to be the next Hunger Games, but the books stand on their own. (Cassandra Claire’s Mortal Instruments is also wildly anticipated–Aug 2013, and part two in 2014.)
300: Rise of an Empire, (March 2014), starring Eva Green. Fans of the flopper Camelot TV series, that was axed in one season, can now get ready to see the villainous Eva Green, who played Morgaine, once again in the sequel to 300. In this addition, Green plays the Greek-born heroine Artemesia, a sea captain and fighter, in one of the greatest sea battles in Greek and Persian history.
I, Frankenstein, (Jan 2014), starring Aaron Eckhart. A redo on the Mary Shelley classic. From the footage released it looks like the produces are making Frankie one Big Bad, like Batman’s The Dark Knight. If only they’d get dark and angry on Wonder Woman.
How to Train Your Dragon 2, (June 2014), starring Jay Baruchel. The sequel to the much-beloved movie, reminding us why we all love dragons so much.
Godzilla, (May 2014), starring Juliette Binoche, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. A remake of the 1950s monster film classic that has been re-birthed for each generation since. IMDB gives this synopsis: “A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla awakens from its slumber to wreak destruction on its creators.”